March 2017

Seniors ‑ Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letters

Once you have been accepted to a college, you will receive your financial aid packages, also known as Award Letters or Award Notifications, from the school's Financial Aid Office. While it is indeed a great accomplishment to get accepted into the colleges of your choice, you must now understand the financial aid being offered to you to help you and your family afford the cost of college. Read up on all the basics of financial aid award letters here.

If you are still waiting on any of your financial aid award letters, check with the colleges you have been accepted to and ask how they share this information‑some may mail it to your home address; others may share it in an email or tell you to log on to your account to access the information. If you have already received you award letters, we can help! Watch our helpful video or call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to meet with one of our college counselors. And our helpful worksheet makes it easy to compare your letters!


Support Services for College Students

Do you currently have a 504 or an IEP? Do you have questions about what services will be available to you in college? A college is obligated to provide students in need with appropriate accommodations so that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed, and a college's Disabilities Services office can help you understand how the services will differ from high school to college. Learn more by viewing information about Disabilities Services various colleges, including NHTI ‑ Concord's Community College here, at the University of New Hampshire here, and at Endicott College here.

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HS Juniors ‑ Join Us at the State's Largest College Planning Convention!
Registration Closes Soon!

Juniors ‑ Over 1,000 N.H. high school juniors and parents/guardians will be at Plymouth State University (PSU) Saturday, March 18 for our 18th Annual Destination CollegeSM event. The program includes nearly 20 college planning workshops, a college fair with over 70 colleges and universities participating, and the chance to win a $500 college scholarship! This event is FREE to attend, but online registration is required.

If you cannot attend for the whole day, our Destination College College Fair will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Hartman Union Building on the PSU campus. You do not need to register to attend just the college fair. For a list of participating colleges, please click here.


Take a College Tour

It's never too early to get a feel for what a college campus is truly like, juniors. Try to visit before college students head home for the summer so you can get a sense of what the campus is like during the academic year. Visit a college's admissions webpage to learn about information sessions, campus tours, and upcoming events designed to help you learn more about the college. Read about how to get the most out of your college visits here.


What's This College Résumé Thing Anyways?

The college résumé can be important to your application for several reasons. It not only provides the admission counselor with your one‑page personal profile, but also acts as another sample of your ability to write, organize, and present yourself. The college résumé focuses on your academic achievements, extra‑curricular activities, and personal interests. This is your chance to neatly list everything you have accomplished throughout your high school career. Once you've created your résumé, remember to keep it updated!

So, juniors, as you build your résumé:

  • Briefly describe yourself and any scholastic distinctions or honors that you have received.
  • List your extracurricular, volunteer, community and family activities. Include specific events and accomplishments such as leadership positions held, varsity letters, etc.
  • Highlight experiences that relate to your intended major or reveal consistent work experience.

User our Sample Résumé Template to get started.


Scholarship Alert

NH Charitable Foundation is the largest provider of private scholarship aid in the state. Applications for two of the Foundation's most popular programs are now available.

The Statewide Student Aid Program is for NH residents enrolling in 4 year degree program. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. In 2016, 552 Statewide Student Aid Program scholarships were awarded (for a total of over 2.6 million dollars!) and the average award was $4,727!

The Foundation also administers scholarship programs for students enrolling in 2-year colleges or career schools – for traditional age students and adults. The Career Aid to Technical Students Program is for NH residents enrolling in 2 year degree program. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017. In 2016, 47 scholarships were awarded and the average award was over $3,000!


Stay Connected!

For the latest college admissions and financial aid information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and check out the NHHEAF Channel on YouTube! And catch up on reading our recent Varsity Letter issues here.


I Am College Bound Promo of the Month

HS Students: Participate each month in our I Am College Bound promotion! Just read a college planning or financial aid article, answer a question about the article correctly, and you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card in a random drawing from correct entries.

I Am College Bound's goal is to provide New Hampshire students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals - share the link with your friends!

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